Northern Medical Group Gastroenterology Division
GASTROENTEROLOGY PRACTICE LOCATED IN POUGHKEEPSIE, NY, FISHKILL, NY & HIGHLAND, NY
Dyspepsia is the clinical term for indigestion. While your diet can contribute to dyspepsia symptoms, it can also be a sign of another gastrointestinal health problem. The board-certified gastroenterologists at Northern Medical Group Gastroenterology Division offer personalized treatments for dyspepsia and its underlying causes at their offices in Fishkill, Poughkeepsie, and Highland, New York. If you have severe or chronic dyspepsia, call the practice or schedule a consultation online today.
Dyspepsia Q & A
What is dyspepsia?
Dyspepsia or indigestion is a painful or uncomfortable feeling in your upper abdomen due to irritation of your stomach lining. You might feel too full after eating or have burning pain in your stomach or chest. Dyspepsia can also cause bloating, nausea, burping, and vomiting.
What causes dyspepsia?
In many cases, dyspepsia doesn’t have an identifiable cause. Some of the common factors that contribute to dyspepsia include:
- Eating hard-to-digest foods
- Eating too close to bedtime
- Drinking alcohol
- Consuming too much caffeine
Additionally, various gastrointestinal issues can cause dyspepsia. For example, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), stomach ulcers, gastroparesis, or gastritis can trigger your symptoms.
When should I talk to a doctor about dyspepsia?
Most people experience dyspepsia now and then, usually after a big meal or if they eat too quickly or too late. However, if you have chronic indigestion that persists for at least two weeks or interferes with your health or life, you should make an appointment at Northern Medical Group Gastroenterology Division.
You should also seek medical attention if you have dyspepsia with other symptoms, such as:
- Trouble swallowing
- Persistent vomiting
- Throwing up blood
- Black or bloody stool
- Shortness of breath
- Signs of a heart attack
While dyspepsia is often benign, if you have chronic symptoms, it’s best to identify the root cause so you can take action to reduce or eliminate your discomfort.
How is the cause of dyspepsia diagnosed?
The doctors at Northern Medical Group Gastroenterology Division begin with a consultation and physical exam. Depending on your needs, they might order additional testing, including blood, urine, stool, ultrasound, and upper endoscopy.
How is dyspepsia treated?
After identifying the cause of dyspepsia, your doctor creates a personalized treatment plan. They often recommend dietary adjustments and slow eating to help reduce stress on your stomach and digestive tract. You might also benefit from more sleep and stress-reducing activities.
In some cases, your doctor might prescribe medications such as antacids, histamine blockers, or proton pump inhibitors. You should limit your use of anti-inflammatory drugs, as ibuprofen and similar drugs can increase stomach irritation.
Call Northern Medical Group Gastroenterology Division today or make an appointment online if you have severe or chronic dyspepsia.